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George H. Kondolf


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George H. Kondolf (March 13, 1900  December 25, 1985) was an American theatrical and radio producer. He was an associate of George Cukor and was, for two turbulent years, director of the Federal Theater Project in New York City.

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George Henry Kondolf was born March 13, 1900 in Rochester NY.[1] His father, George V. Kondolf, was born in Alsace-Lorraine in 1850 and his mother, Ann E. Kondolf, was born in Ireland in 1851.[2] He attended the University of Rochester and Harvard University[3][4]

Kondolf was a business associate of George Cukor. Cukor had become actor and Co-Manager of the newly formed Lyceum Players at the old Lyceum Theater in Rochester in 1922, and, by 1925, Korndolf and Cukor became co-producers of this summer stock company.[5] In 1926, the Lyceum Players becomes the Cukor-Kondolf Company when the troupe was forced to move from the Lyceum Theater to the Temple Theater in Rochester.[5][6]

In the first half of 1925, Korndolf stage managed the first three plays of the newly created Rochester Community Players, as well as assisting in the scene design for these early productions.[7]

Kondolf continued to operate a summer stock company in Rochester through 1931, when he operated under the name Kondolf-Folmer Company, with Walter Former, at the Temple and Lyceum Theaters.[8][9][10] In 1930 he also operated a Buffalo company that summer at the Erlangers Theater.[11]

Kondolf appointed acting manager of the Empire Theater (Broadway & 40th St.), the “oldest and most distinctive playhouse ” controlled by Charles Frohman, Inc.[4] While managing the Empire in February 1927, its performance of The Captive was shut down for criminal indecency. Kondolf and the cast (which included Basil Rathbone) and the producer were arrested. The Captive had been in performance for five months and had been “acquitted” of immorality or indecency by “the citizens play jury”, sponsored by the District Attorney, but the chief Magistrate for the City issued warrants for the arrests of the cast of that production and two others.[12] A week later the show was voluntarily withdrawn and charges dismissed against the producer, the manager (Kondolf) and three cast members, who had agreed never to act in “The Captive” again for anybody.[13] He moved on to manage the Blackstone Theater in Chicago by 1932[14]

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